THE Women's National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) welcomes back to its fold two member schools in time for its 43rd season that formally kicks off this Saturday at the Philsports Arena.
Assumption College returns to the league after a three-year absence, ditto for La Consolacion College, which skipped last season’s campaign.
Their presence brings to 18 the total number of schools competing this year, led by De La Salle Zobel as host.
The centerpiece event of basketball again highlights the sports calendar for the season that also includes futsal and volleyball in the first semester and badminton, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo in the second semester.
The defending champions Centro Escolar University Scorpions face the Philippine Women's University Patriots in the senior basketball opener this weekend following the colorful 11 a.m. opening rites, where former tennis star Dyan Castillejo will be the special guest of honor.
Softball, a new addition to the calendar of events, will only be for juniors competition, while cheerleading/cheerdance will be for the midgets.
“This will be a learning experience for the schools of the WNCAA and the whole WNCAA as well," said DLSZ president Bro. Dennis Magbanua during the official launch of the season Wednesday.
"I believe that every school should have the chance to host because it's an opportunity to share its giftedness to others as well as the resources of the school."
Other WNCAA member schools include Angelicum College, Chiang Kai Shek College, Emilio Aguinaldo College, La Salle College Antipolo, Miriam College, Rizal Technological University, San Beda College Alabang, St. Jude Catholic School, St. Paul College Pasig, Saint Pedro Poveda College, St. Scholastica's College, St. Stephen's High School, and the University of Asia & the Pacific.